Our first episode of the season focused on a more traditional route of funding through investor relations with Camilla Marcus. Today we’re going in a different direction of raising funds by exploring the path to opening Mae and Yonder here in PDX with Chef/Owner Maya Lovelace. Maya successfully crowdfunded her restaurant and we sat down to chat in special live episode of Opening Soon.

Maya was an Eater Young Gun and Eater Portland Chef of the Year in 2016, a Zagat National 30 under 30 in 2017, a JBFA Rising Star semifinalist in 2017 and 2018, and a StarChefs Rising Star in 2018. Her restaurants draw on her family heritage in Appalachia with Yonder hitting on southern classics, and Mae a refined approach through a tasting menu personally delivered by the chef herself.

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